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Civil Litigation Articles
  • Never Ask Your Client for an Expert
    Provided by Robert J Ambrogi and IMS Expert Services
    When IP lawyer John P. Hutchins needs a referral to an expert witness, there is one source he always avoids ? clients ? and another he solicits only warily ? law partners. A misguided referral from either one, he has learned, puts the relationship at risk and may send his expert search back to square one.

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  • Trade Secrets Experts: Two Circuits, Two Outcomes
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    Two recent rulings from federal circuit courts reviewing expert testimony in trade secrets cases reached very different results, with one circuit upholding admission of the testimony and the other finding that the testimony was sufficiently harmful to require a new trial. Taken together, the two cases shed light on the allowable boundaries for expert testimony in trade secrets litigation.

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  • Before Hiring an Expert, Do Your Homework
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    Ask Jenner & Block partner Howard S. Suskin to sum up his advice on selecting an expert and he answers without hesitation: "Do your homework." "You want to get as much information as you can to satisfy yourself that the person you're thinking about using has the competency and credibility to serve as an expert witness, Suskin says.

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  • An Expert's Escapade, a Cautionary Tale
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    Call it the case of the Renegade Expert. A federal judge's 78-page order enjoining an expert involved in Zyprexa mass-tort litigation from releasing documents serves as a cautionary tale for any lawyer operating under a judicial gag order.

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  • In an Expert, Passion Equals Credibility
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    Credibility is a key attribute in an expert witness, every trial lawyer would agree. But how do you gauge a potential expert's credibility? What attributes provide the best predictors of how the expert will measure up in the eyes of a jury?

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  • Law Firm Must Pay Expert $11 Million
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    A prominent lawyer's suit against an expert witness backfired, when the expert won an $11 million verdict against his firm for malicious prosecution. Last month, the Montana Supreme Court affirmed the verdict, finding that the law firm had acted reprehensibly when it sued the expert without adequate grounds.

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  • A Golden Rule for Hiring an Expert
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    When hiring an expert, the most important quality to look for is someone who presents well, litigator Christopher A. Riley believes. Assess how he speaks, how he appears, and his degree of comfort with himself and his area of expertise.

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  • Ethics Ruling OK's Lawyer as Expert
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    When a lawyer testifies as an expert witness on a party's behalf, is an attorney-client relationship created? A new ethics ruling says no, thereby freeing the lawyer to take on a new matter related to a client at her former firm.

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  • Failure to Prepare Report Ruled Harmless
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    In what appears to be a case of first impression, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that two experts were not barred from testifying by their failure to prepare or sign their own reports, as required by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

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  • In an Expert, Knowledge May Not Equal Power
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    Just because an expert strikes you as the brightest guy on the planet, that doesn't mean he is the best witness for your case, says Roderick B. Williams, an intellectual property partner with Vinson & Elkins in Austin, Texas.

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